Music Tutor Biographies

David Law | Head of Performance Music

David Law studied Euphonium at the Queensland University of Technology and has been playing piano since the age of eight. In addition to conducting the award-winning Queensland Wind Orchestra, David conducts the Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble and Brisbane’s Westside Orchestra.  David has also conducted seasons for the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, Ignite Choir and various community-based ensembles.

In 2016, David was an invited clinician, instructor and conductor for Queensland Music Festival’s Cape York Instrumental Program.  He has regularly directed the Wind Ensemble as part of Griffith University’s State Honours Ensemble Program in Central and North Queensland, and is a sectional lecturer with the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra.  Additionally, he has adjudicated at state and national competitions including the West Australian School’s Concert Band Festival, the Queensland Catholic Music Festival and Queensland’s MusicFest.

David has worked as Music Director, Conductor and Pianist with various musical theatre organisations throughout Brisbane and has trained in Music Direction at the multiple-Tony Award©-winning Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute in Connecticut, USA. Locally, he has worked on productions of Into the Woods, CATS, Les Misérables and West Side Story and, more recently, has been involved with Oscar Theatre Company as Musical Director for the Queensland premieres of [title of show] (Brisbane Powerhouse), Spring Awakening and Next to Normal (QPAC).

As Head of Performance Music at Redeemer, David directs a number of wind bands, string orchestras and vocal ensembles.

Kym Ambrose | Percussion

Kym Ambrose is a professional musician with over 30 years of performing and teaching experience. He is currently the vibraphonist and co-composer in his award-winning band, The View from Madeleine's Couch, which has seen him tour nationally and internationally to locations such as Rio de Janeiro, Goiânia and Belo Horizonte in Brazil. As a drummer, Kym has performed with various bands at festivals in Adelaide, Houston, Edinburgh and London. His studies and subsequent years of work in Sydney (Diploma of Jazz, N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music), saw him under the tutelage of Australian legends Don Burrows and George Golla. In addition to teaching at Redeemer Lutheran College, Kym is the vibraphone tutor and director of the Brazilian Ensemble at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University..

Andrew Ball | Saxophone

Andrew Ball enjoys a diverse career performing, composing and educating. He was awarded a distinction for his L.Mus.A. in saxophone and graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours in Advanced Performance). Internationally, Andrew has performed and premiered new Australian music at the 22nd annual Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France, the World Saxophone Congress XVI in St Andrews, Scotland, and SaxOpen in Strasbourg, France. His playing and compositions can be heard on various albums and singles by the Barega Sax Quartet, the Queensland Saxophone Orchestra, Collusion, and His Merry Men. Andrew has recently seen his compositions premiered by the Australia Ensemble, Australian Saxophone Orchestra, Hourglass Ensemble, and Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble, among others. He is currently tenor saxophonist and resident composer with Barega Saxophone Quartet, hip hop brass band Bullhorn, and His Merry Men.

Yvonne Chen | Piano

Yvonne Chen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium, where she studied under Natasha Vlassenko. As a student, Yvonne was the recipient of the M.K. Lassell Prize in 2010, the Fred Ellaway Prize in 2012, and was a finalist in the A.S.K.M Open Piano Competition in 2011. Yvonne excelled in her academic studies, receiving Academic Excellence Awards, and was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society. Yvonne is dedicated to music and has been playing the piano from the age of four. She has been teaching piano for over 10 years and has been assisting students of all ages in discovering their inner passion for music and developing their musical skills. Yvonne tailors programs to meet individual requirements of each student to reach their full potential. This has resulted in her students achieving exceptional results in AMEB exams and musical competitions throughout Queensland.

Christie Fleming | Beginner Bands & College Choristers

Christie Fleming graduated in 2003 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. She has worked in a number of independent schools as a classroom music teacher whilst also conducting wind bands, choirs, musicals and various chamber ensembles. Christie was a conductor of the acclaimed Australian Youth Choir and, during this time, enjoyed specialising as a choral conductor. More recently though, Christie has worked with young concert bands, developing their sense of aural awareness, musicianship and balance as an ensemble. She finds working with young musicians rewarding and is excited about the music-making her students at Redeemer Lutheran College will produce in future years.

Keith Haigh | Guitar

Keith Haigh has been teaching guitar and bass guitar at Redeemer Lutheran College since 1989 and has been part of many changes throughout this time. As a performer, Keith is part of the successful Morning Melodies program and has played widely around Brisbane for a wide variety of audiences. Keith is well-known as a soloist and enjoys performing in his popular band, Wings of Fleetwood, with Mary Anne Cannon on keys and vocals. Keith is a proud Bribie Island resident of where he runs a successful home music studio teaching ukulele, lap steel guitar, banjo, singing and stage presentation.

Minnie Hong | Violin/Viola

Minnie Hong completed her Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with Honours in 2014. She studied with Michele Walsh, the senior violin lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. Minnie’s enthusiasm for chamber music has allowed her to perform in masterclasses with high calibre artists including the Australian String Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of the Aditaya Quartet, winners of the 4MBS Chamber Music Prize and Jani Haenke Charitable Trust instruments, she was able to work with renowned music professionals as part of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Stradbroke Music Festival. Minnie has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and Queensland Youth Symphony, and was associate concertmaster of the Conservatorium Opera Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. She has been teaching for over 7 years and has been directing her church orchestra since 2007. 2017 is Minnie’s first year at Redeemer as a Junior School violin and viola teacher

Katharine Hutcheson | Piano

Katharine Hutcheson began playing the piano at age 9 and, in addition to completing her A.Mus.A., achieved a Bachelor of Music Pedagogy and Masters of Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Katharine worked as a full-time piano teacher at Redeemer from 2001-2012 and, since becoming a mother to two beautiful girls, has continued in a part-time capacity. Katharine is an accomplished and experienced accompanist and has worked with several choirs, as well as supporting advanced musicians in A.M.E.B. exams. Katharine is passionate about music tuition and piano pedagogy and, in addition to her time at Redeemer, runs a very successful home teaching studio.

Kylie Los | Piano

Kylie Los graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Music (Distinction), studying piano under Mark Gibson, and was later a member of Opera Queensland’s Developing and Young Artist Programs as a repetiteur. Kylie has had a strong involvement with Opera Queensland’s Education and Community Programs. From 2010 – 2013, Kylie studied and worked in London and Germany, graduating with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with a Masters of Music (Repetiteur). She subsequently acted as repetiteur for several productions for Grange Park Opera in 2013-2014. Since returning to Brisbane, Kylie has been active as a piano teacher, adjudicator, accompanist and conducts the adult community choir, the Hillbrook Chorale. In 2017, Kylie received her Graduate Diploma in Education (Senior Years) with Distinction.

Catherine Mear | Clarinet

After completing her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 1998 Catherine Mear was awarded a professional position in New Zealand’s Wellington Sinfonia Orchestra. In 2001, she completed her Master of Music in Clarinet Performance under the instruction of renowned American clarinettist, Floyd Williams. That same year, Catherine won the open section of the QCASS Clarinet competition and was subsequently invited to perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto as a soloist with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. Since completing her Masters of Music, she has performed in many chamber music groups and is currently Principal Clarinet in the Ipswich City Orchestra. Catherine tutors for various Queensland Youth Orchestra ensembles, is an active committee member of the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society, and regularly adjudicates for the QCASS Clarinet and Saxophone competition.  She has over twenty years of experience teaching both Clarinet and Saxophone, and has entered students for both Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) and Trinity examinations successfully, including candidates at the advanced diploma, A.Mus.A./L.Mus.A. level.

Amy Michaels | Voice

Amy Michaels has been performing professionally in Brisbane for many years, working with some of the finest jazz musicians in South-East Queensland. Amy holds a Masters of Music (Jazz Voice), from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and has also achieved highly as a classical vocalist through the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). As a singer/songwriter, Amy released her debut, self-titled album in 2013, whilst her cabaret show, “Amy Michaels & the Good Time Girls”, has seen sell-out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Jumpers & Jazz Festival, and the Brisbane International Jazz Festival.  Amy is a member of the Australian National Association of Teaching Singing (ANATS) and is a vocal teacher at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, as part of the Young Conservatorium program.  Additionally, Amy teaches many school aged and tertiary students as part of various music theatre, pop and dance programs in Brisbane.

Paul O’Brien | Double Bass / Electric Bass

Paul O’Brien is a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra double bass section. He has worked extensively as a freelance player performing with the Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Portugal). In 2007 he was an ACO Emerging Artist and has been a member of the SSO educational ensemble Sydney Sinfonia. Paul is also actively involved in teaching across South-East Queensland, in his home studio and at three schools. He studied with John Fardon, Dushan Walkowicz, Marian Heckenberg and Andrew Rootes and is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Natalie Pammenton | Violin / Viola

Natalie Pammenton completed her Master of Music Studies (advanced standing) and Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and as Associate Concertmaster of the Conservatorium Opera Orchestra and Queensland Youth Symphony. As a freelance musician she has performed as part of the Bangalow Festival Orchestra, Australian Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Fabrique, Ady Ensemble and is the director of Koda Music. She is a UQ Symphony Orchestra violin sectional lecturer as well as tutor for the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and various Brisbane schools.  At Redeemer, Natalie teaches violin and viola, and directs the Intermediate String Ensemble and Junior String Ensemble.

Emily Smith | Flute

Emily Smith is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, with a major in Advanced Flute Performance under the tutelage of Gerhard Mallon. Emily has won numerous awards including The James Carson Memorial Prize and the 4MBS Ross Peters Chamber Music Prize. Additionally, she is a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society. Emily was a member of the Queensland Youth Orchestras from 2002 - 2014, in the Queensland Youth Symphony from 2010 and Principal Flute from 2013-2014. She has also performed as Principal Flute with the Queensland Philharmonia, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Wind Orchestra, Queensland Mandolins, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony and Wind Orchestra, and many other community organisations in Brisbane and surrounding areas. Internationally, Emily has participated in programs including Charterhouse Summer Music School, Netherlands Flute Academy and the Oxford Flute Summer School with Michael Cox. Emily performs with many professional and community musical theatre companies on a wide range of flutes; including piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, Asian flutes, recorders and Irish flutes. Emily is a passionate educator and has provided tutelage and workshops in both Independent and State Schools across the state.

Nicholas Trevatt | Piano

Nicholas Trevatt has been teaching piano for over 25 years to students of all ages from beginners to Diploma level. He is a vibrant and inspiring teacher who draws on his depth of experience to bring the best out of every child. He graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Diploma and Bachelor of music and continued postgraduate studies in piano performance. He was also awarded the Licentiate (LTCL) and Associate (ATCL) performing diplomas from Trinity College London. Nicholas also runs Treviano Studio, a leading piano teaching studio on Brisbane’s southside.

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